Legal Providers (Services Juridiques)

We highly recommend you to come for a RIF legal orientation consultation. Check our schedule for upcoming consultations.

Human Rights First

75 Broad Street, 31st Floor in Manhattan

Tel: 212-845-5200

Directions: 4 or 5 train to Bowling Green station

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(You need to go in person and fill an application for an interview appointment)

Lutheran Legal Services

308 West 46th Street, 3rd Floor in Manhattan

Tel: 212-265-1826

Directions: 2 or 3 train to Times Square 42nd St station

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You can call to request an appointment or go directly to their office

New Sanctuary Legal Clinic

239 Thompson St in Manhattan

Tel: 646-395-2925

Directions: A, C, E, B, D, F, or M train to W. 4th St station

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Tuesday night legal clinics can help you apply for asylum without a lawyer or representation. Call for an appointment.


Central American Legal Clinic (CALA)

240 Hooper Street in Brooklyn 

Tel: 718-486-6800    

Directions: J or M to Hewes St station

Immigration Equality Now 

40 Exchange Place, 17th Floor in Manhattan

Tel: 212-714-2904    

Directions: 2 or 3 train to Wall St station

*For victims of sexual orientation-based (LGBTQ) persecution only.

Call first for an appointment.

Catholic Charities

80 Maiden Lane, 13th Floor in Manhattan

Tel: 212-419-3700  

Directions: 2 or 3 train to Wall St station

You must go on Thursdays only from 8:30am to 11am for a screening.


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AIDS Center of Queens County (ACQC)

89-31 161st St, Jamaica in Queens

Tel: 718-896-2500

Directions: E, J, or Z train to Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer stop

*For HIV/AIDS+ asylum seekers only.


ASYLUM APPLICATION

  • Currently, when you submit an asylum application, you should be called for an interview within 21 days.  You should therefore be fully prepared including have all the evidence documentation.  

  • We recommend consulting a lawyer with a good reputation. There are excellent pro bono (free) legal providers in the city but they have a long waiting list. Also be careful of fraudulent immigration providers which make a lot of promise but don’t deliver (and may take a lot of money).

  • While you search for a lawyer, you can come to RIF for a legal orientation consultation. Click here to find out about our next legal consultations.

To view the asylum application and instructions, please visit https://www.uscis.gov/i-589

You will need your I-94 number for this application. It was given to you when you entered the United States, but you can find it by going to this link: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/

All residents of New York must send their applications to:

Vermont Service Center

Attention: Asylum

75 Lower Welden Street

St Albans City, VT 05479

 

ASYLUM INTERVIEW LOCATIONS

In most cases, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island residents will be called for interviews at this location: 1065 Stewart Avenue, Suite 200, Bethpage, New York

Bronx and Manhattan residents will interview at: 1200 Wall Street West, Fourth Floor Lyndhurst, New Jersey